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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. It promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in every sphere of society.

December 3rd is the noted date. Each year IDPD has a theme. For 2023, the 31st year of IDPD, the theme is “United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for, with, and by persons with disabilities”.

Those living with disabilities are still facing barriers. This is a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice, and prosperity. It is critical that no one is left behind.

This year the only thing happening in Edmonton is a virtual event hosted by Voice of Albertans with Disabilities. This virtual event will have discussion, information, and guest speaker advocates from the Edmonton community, everyone is welcome! It is free but registration is a great way to let the organizers know the capacity. Sign up here.

Ian is a columnist with the paper. He lives in the area.

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